The DS Automobiles brand has taken the independence road and now is en route to forge its own path in the world of luxury autos – and their latest introduction is the DS4 facelift complete with the new Crossback variant.
Both models have the corporate styling – the DS Wings front grille design and use new DS LED Vision headlights. Opting for the regular hatchback version would get you new two-tone body paints to expand the coloring choices to a total of 38 now. The new body pints include Platinum Grey, Artense Grey and Tourmaline Orange next to the other six the car already had – but the roof, rear spoiler, door mirrors and hub caps can have different shades: Perla Nera Black, Whisper Purple, Virtual Blue or Tourmaline Orange.
The introduction of the Crossback model delivers a more versatile DS4 and it will target customers looking for “urban and extra-urban adventure.” The main difference is the crossover-style version has a 30 mm higher ground clearance when compared to the hatch and a different rear end styling. It also comes equipped with black plastic body protection on the wheel arches and a black-tone for the rear spoiler and door mirrors. The updated DS4 range will officially debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show and reach dealerships in Europe sometimes this fall.
Both versions – crossover and regular hatchback – have a wide array of engines under the hood. The petrol choices start with the PureTech 130 S&S delivering 130 PS & 230 Nm and replacing the older VTi 120. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission and offers 9 percent more horsepower and 44 more torque compared to the predecessor. Next up is the THP 165 S&S that churns out 165 PS & 240 Nm and using a new six-speed automatic. The hatch offers the top of the line THP 210 S&S, debuting inside the DS range with 210 PS & 285 Nm.
Diesel choices start with the BlueHDi 120 S&S mated to a six speed manual or six speed auto and offering 120 PS and 300 Nm to the front wheels. The more powerful Blue HDi 150 S&S that pushes 150 PS & 370 Nm will be mated just to the manual and the flagship BlueHDi 180 S&S is only mated to the automatic gearbox.
The DS 4 hatchback and newly introduced DS 4 Crossback can be optionally equipped with the PSA Intelligent Traction Control system and other features include keyless entry, reversing camera, blind spot monitoring and CarPlay compatibility – mated to a new 7-inch touchscreen display with Mirror Screen technology.